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Pasamalar
Pasamalar
(lit. The Flower of Love) is a 1961 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by A. Bhimsingh. It features Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
and Savithri in lead roles, while K. A. Thangavelu, M. N. Rajam and M. N. Nambiar
M. N. Nambiar
play supporting roles. It tells the story of Rajasekhar and his bonding with his younger sister Radha. Radha falls in love with his brother's friend. Rajasekhar eventually arranges for their marriage. Problems they face form the story. It was the film adaptation of the Malayalam
Malayalam
writer Kottakara's story of the same name. The film was predominantly shot in Neptune Studios. The film was produced by M. R. Santhanam and K. Mohan under the production companies, Rajamani Pictures and Mohan Arts respectively. The film's original soundtrack was composed by M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
and T. K. Ramamoorthy, while the lyrics were written by Kannadasan. The story for the film was written by K. P. Kottarakkara and the dialogues by Aaroor Dass. Pasamalar
Pasamalar
eventually became a trendsetter resulting in similar themes about brother sister relationship. Pasamalar
Pasamalar
was released on 27 May 1961 and received critical acclaim with Ganesan and Savitri's performances being widely lauded. The film ran for over 100 days in theatres. The film also won Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature film at the 9th National Film Awards. It was later remade in numerous languages including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada
Kannada
and Sinhalese. A digitally restored version of Pasamalar
Pasamalar
was released on 15 August 2013 and was also well received.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Themes 5 Soundtrack 6 Release

6.1 Critical reception 6.2 Awards 6.3 Home media

7 Remakes 8 Legacy 9 In popular culture 10 Re-release 11 References 12 Bibliography 13 External links

Plot[edit] Rajasekhar (Sivaji Ganesan) becomes the guardian to his younger sister Radha (Savitri) after their parents’ death. The brother-sister duo love, care and adore each other and are inseparable. When the factory in which Rajasekhar works is shut down due to a labour problem and he is depressed, Radha gives him ₹1000 which she had earned and saved by making toys. She advises him to use this money as seed capital and commence his own toy business. The dutiful brother follows his sister’s advice, starts a business and in a short time, becomes rich. Anand (Gemini Ganesan) a former colleague of Rajasekhar who earlier helped him to get a job in his old factory, is jobless and approaches Rajasekhar for work. Rajasekhar appoints him in his concern and over a period of time, Anand and Radha fall in love. Rajasekhar, who is very possessive of his sister, gets angry with Anand as he feels betrayed. However, knowing how intensely Radha loves Anand, he arranges for their wedding. After the marriage, Anand, along with his aunt and cousin, move into Rajasekhar’s house. Rajasekhar marries Malathy (M. N. Rajam), a doctor, on Radha’s suggestion. All of them continue to live under the same roof and several misunderstandings arise. Anand’s aunt uses every opportunity to widen the rift between Malathy and Radha and Radha and Anand. Unable to witness Radha’s troubles, Rajasekhar moves out of the house with his wife. Through Radha, Anand’s aunt serves a legal notice to Rajasekhar, demanding a share in the property for Radha. Malathy files a counter petition and the property is attached by the court, pending resolution. Unable to see Radha’s sufferings, Rajasekhar withdraws the case. Still the families do not unite. Radha delivers a girl and Malathy delivers a boy. After her child’s birth, Malathy goes abroad for further studies, leaving the child with Rajasekhar. Unable to cope with the separation from his sister and to have peace of mind, Rajasekhar goes on a pilgrimage for several months. He returns on Diwali
Diwali
day and goes to meet Radha, but is denied entry by Anand’s aunt. While going back, he saves a little girl from getting burnt by fire crackers and in the process, loses his eyesight. He is hospitalised and Radha rushes to the hospital to see her brother. Rajasekhar learns that the girl he saved is none other than his niece. Unable to cope with his inability to see them, he dies; Radha too dies holding his hand. The duo becomes an epitome of brother-sister relationship. In the shadow of their deaths, the children unite and seek their heavenly blessings. Cast[edit]

Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
as Rajasekharan "Raju"[1] Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
as Anand[1] Savitri as Radha[1] Kutty Padmini
Kutty Padmini
as Radha (young)[1] K. A. Thangavelu M. N. Rajam as Malathy[1] M. N. Nambiar Sukumari M. R. Santhanam K. D. Santhanam S. A. Kannan M. Saroja 'Baby' Kanchana 'Baby' Malathi

Dance

Sukumari
Sukumari
(Vaaraayen thozhi vaaraayo)

Production[edit] The story for Paasa Malar was written by K. P. Kottakara.[2] He went around telling the story to many, but none came forward to make it as a film. He tried to meet Bhimsingh several times, who was so busy that they could not meet.[3] Finally, Kottakara sent him a chit saying he had a new script based on "brother-sister love" and met him during the lunch break of his shooting, then became emotional after listening to the story and agreed to make it as a film.[4] The film was produced by one of the closest friends of Sivaji Ganesan, K. Mohan who is the owner of 'The Mohan Arts'(Cine Banner/Cutout Company) which is functioning since 1951 in Chennai. He produced the film under the banner of 'Rajamani Pictures' which is Sivaji's mother's name as a tribute to her.[3] Along with him, M.R.Santhanam was a co-producer.[3] Mohan was also the art director of the film. Aarurdas who wrote dialogues for dubbed films made his debut as dialogue writer and he went on to write dialogues for 28 films of Sivaji.[3][5] Few scenes were shot at Sivaji's home in T. Nagar and the location was used for other Sivaji starrers.[6] Aroor Das said that Sivaji was 31 and Savithri was 24 when the film was made.[3] One day, the climax with the highly emotional dialogue, "Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu" was being canned, during the break, Sivaji didn’t even have lunch as he want to starve the whole day to get the perfect emotion and diction for the scene.[7][8] It was Kannadasan who suggested to name the film as Paasamalargal. Aaroor Das suggested to keep it as Paasamalar which was liked by Sivaji and Bhimsingh.[3] Themes[edit] According to Soorian Kasi Pandian, author of the 1996 book India, That Is, Sidd, Pasamalar
Pasamalar
means "Flower of Love". The term "Pasa" refers to brotherly love which involves sacrifices for his loved sister.[9] Soundtrack[edit]

Pasamalar

Soundtrack album by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy

Released 1961

Label EMI Records

Producer Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy

The music composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy.[10] The soundtrack was released under the label Saregama.[11] "Vaarayen Thozhi Vaarayo", is still played in many Tamil weddings, it was composed in Abheri, a carnatic raga.[12] The song provided major breakthrough for its playback singer LR Eeswari.[13][14] The song was originally composed for the film Manapanthal
Manapanthal
(1961). T. R. Ramanna, director of that film rejected the song however Bhimsingh decided to use the song.[15]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)

1 Anbu Malar M. S. Viswanathan Kannadasan 02:25

2 Engalukkum Kaalam Varum T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 03:30

3 Malargalai Pol Thangai (Sad) T. M. Soundararajan 01:58

4 Malargalai Pol Thangai T. M. Soundararajan 05:24

5 Malarnthum Malaradha T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 05:10

6 Mayangugiraal P. Susheela 04:00

7 Paatondru Jamuna Rani 04:32

8 Vaarayen Thozhi L. R. Eswari 05:30

9 Yaar Yaar Aval P. B. Sreenivas, P. Susheela 04:02

Release[edit] Pasamalar
Pasamalar
was released on 27 May 1961.[16] The film was a commercial success, becoming a silver jubilee film.[17] Critical reception[edit] M. Suganth of Times of India
India
noted: "Pasa Malar is actually not a feel-bad movie. Yes, it is melancholic but it also restores your faith in human relationships, not just the brother-sister bond which is the crux of this tale, and its unflinching pursuit of pathos only feels audacious now".[18] Sify called it the "most memorable film on sister sentiments".[19] Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan called it "a milestone movie" and mentioned that "Movies may come and go but this one will stay forever in the hearts of those who had a chance to see it".[3] Awards[edit] The film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil – Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film in 1962.[20] Home media[edit] Pasamalar
Pasamalar
was released in DVD by Raj Video Vision in 2015.[21] It was also included alongside various Sivaji-starrers in a compilation DVD Yettavathu Ulaga Athisayam Sivaji (Sivaji Ganesan: Eighth Wonder of the World), which was released in May 2012.[22][23] Remakes[edit] Pasamalar
Pasamalar
has been remade in number of languages, including Sinhalese (as Suhada Sohoyuro in 1963).[24][25] The first Hindi
Hindi
remake, Rakhi (1962) was also directed by Bhimsingh, and won the Filmfare Award for Best Story.[25] It was again remade in Hindi
Hindi
in 1986 by Vijay Sadanah, as Aisa Pyaar Kahan.[26] It was remade in Telugu as Rakta Sambandham (1962) by V. Madhusudhan Rao, and in Kannada
Kannada
as Vathsalya (1965) by Y. R. Swamy.[27] Legacy[edit] The film became a trendsetter and inspired similar films of brother-sister relationships like Pachai Vilakku
Pachai Vilakku
(1964), Mullum Malarum (1978), Bairavi
Bairavi
(1978), Dharma Yuddham
Dharma Yuddham
(1979), Cheran Pandiyan (1992) and Kizhakku Cheemayile
Kizhakku Cheemayile
(1993).[15] In July 2007, S. R. Ashok Kumar of The Hindu
The Hindu
asked eight Tamil film directors to list their all-time favourite Tamil films; four of them – K. Balachander, Balu Mahendra, Mani Ratnam, K. S. Ravikumar – named "Pasamalar" as one of the favourite films in Tamil. K. S. Ravikumar
K. S. Ravikumar
said "As a kid I saw ‘Pasamalar’ and cried. As an adult, each time I have seen it I was moved to tears. That is the power of the script and the performance of lead players".[28] Playback singer Asha Bhosle
Asha Bhosle
noted that Pasamalar
Pasamalar
was the first Tamil film she had watched.[29] Samy remarked that his directorial Kangaroo (2015) was a "modern day Pasamalar".[30] Actor Sivakumar stated that "You can’t reproduce movies like Parasakthi, Pasamalar, Devadas, Veerapandiya Kattabomman or Ratha Kanneer [...] By remaking such films, you are lowering yourself, while it enhances the original artists’ image".[31] In popular culture[edit] Footage of Paasa Malar is featured in the 2011 Tamil film Velayudham.[32] Footage of the song "Malarnthu Malaratha" is featured in the opening scene of Jigarthanda
Jigarthanda
(2014).[33] Pasamalar
Pasamalar
has been parodied and referenced many times. The dialogue from this film "En Kannaye Unkitta Oppadaikaren, Adhula ennikume Anandakanneera naan pakkanum, Manjal Kungumamthoda Nee Needoozhi Vazhavendum" (I am giving my sister to you, she should always shed happy tears, you should live long with prosperity) became one of the famous dialogues in the film.[34] The dialogue appears in the song "Sakkarakattikku" from Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu
(1986) in which a small boy utters imagining the marriage of Radha.[35] In a comedy scene from Magudam (1993), Senthil utters the dialogue in a lighter vein to his sister. Goundamani
Goundamani
who has married his sister is irritated that the lady is blackish in colour and she doesn't deserve these words.[36] In Thai Porandachu (2000), Vivek sings "Malargalai Pol Thangai" in a lighter vein after hearing the sob story of his tenant.[37] In Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham
Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham
(1999), Vivek sings the same song after hearing that the lady sweeper is married.[38] In Thangam (2008), Sathyaraj
Sathyaraj
sings the same song to his sister just like Sivaji's character from the film.[39] In Thoranai
Thoranai
(2009), when Paravai Muniyamma and Mayilsamy falls down unconscious reminiscent of the film's climax, Santhanam jokingly remarks that as if there are the brother-sister pair from "Pasamalar".[40] An unrelated television serial of the same name produced by Home Media Makers and directed by Azhagar was aired on Sun TV.[41] The songs of the film have inspired film titles—Mayangukiral Oru Maadhu (1975), Paattondru Ketten (1992), and Engalukkum Kaalam Varum (2001) The following year, Sivaji and Savithri acted as lead pair in a film called Ellam Unakkaga. The film became a failure as the audience couldn't digest Sivaji and Savitri as lovers after seeing them as siblings.[42] Re-release[edit] A digitally restored version of Pasamalar
Pasamalar
was released on 15 August 2013, during India's Independence Day.[43][44] The digital conversion was done by Prasad EFX, Chennai.[45] M. Suganth of The Times of India rated it 5 out of 5, saying "The restoration, cinemascope and audio conversion are pretty good while the trimming (by veteran editor Lenin, Bhimsingh's son) manages to retain the continuity to a large extent."[18] References[edit]

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Dhananjayan, G. (2011). The Best of Tamil Cinema: 1931 to 1976. Galatta Media.  Dhananjayan, G. (2014). Pride of Tamil Cinema: 1931 to 2013. Blue Ocean Publishers.  Pandian, Soorian Kasi (1996). India, That is, Sidd. Allied Publishers. 

External links[edit]

Pasamalar
Pasamalar
on IMDb

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Works of A. Bhimsingh

1950s

Ammaiyappan (1954) Raja Rani (1956) Naane Raja (1956) Thirumanam
Thirumanam
(1958) Padhi Bhakti
Padhi Bhakti
(1958) Bhaaga Pirivinai
Bhaaga Pirivinai
(1959) Sahodhari
Sahodhari
(1959) President Panchatcharam
President Panchatcharam
(1959) Ponnu Vilayum Bhoomi (1959)

1960s

Petra Manam
Petra Manam
(1960) Padikkadha Medhai
Padikkadha Medhai
(1960) Kalathur Kannamma
Kalathur Kannamma
(1960) Aai Phirse Bahar
Aai Phirse Bahar
(1960) Pasamalar
Pasamalar
(1961) Palum Pazhamum
Palum Pazhamum
(1961) Paava Mannippu
Paava Mannippu
(1961) Bandha Pasam
Bandha Pasam
(1962) Pavithra Prema (1962) Senthamarai
Senthamarai
(1962) Main Chup Rahungi
Main Chup Rahungi
(1962) Paarthaal Pasi Theerum
Paarthaal Pasi Theerum
(1962) Padithal Mattum Podhuma
Padithal Mattum Podhuma
(1962) Rakhi (1962) Paar Magaley Paar
Paar Magaley Paar
(1963) Pachai Vilakku
Pachai Vilakku
(1964) Pooja Ke Phool
Pooja Ke Phool
(1964) Pazhani (1965) Khandan (1965) Santhi (1965) Sadhu Mirandal
Sadhu Mirandal
(1966) Paaladai (1967) Meharbaan (1967) Sadhu Aur Shaitaan
Sadhu Aur Shaitaan
(1968) Gauri (1968) Aadmi (1968) Manishichina Maguva (1969) Bhai Bahen (1969)

1970s

Paadhukaappu (1970) Gopi (1970) Oke Kutumbham
Oke Kutumbham
(1970) Sub Ka Saathi (1972) Maalik (1972) Maa Inti Jyothi (1972) Joroo Ka Ghulam
Joroo Ka Ghulam
(1972) Loafer (1973) Paadha Poojai (1974) Naya Din Nai Raat (1974) Raagam (1975) Bhagyashalulu (1975) Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal
Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal
(1976) Kanavan Manaivi
Kanavan Manaivi
(1976) Chiranjeevi (1976) Bangaru Manishi (1976) Yaaron Ka Yaar
Yaaron Ka Yaar
(1977) Nirakudam
Nirakudam
(1977) Sneham (1977) Nee Vazha Vendum (1977) Amaanat (1977) Evaru Devudu (1977) Vamsha Jyothi (1978) Oru Nadigai Natakam Parkiral
Oru Nadigai Natakam Parkiral
(1978) Mishiha Charitram (1978) Kai Pidithaaval (1978) Maattoly (1978) Iraivan Kodutha Varam (1978) Karunamayudu
Karunamayudu
(1978) Karunai Ullam
Karunai Ullam
(1978)

v t e

National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil

1954–1960

Malaikkallan
Malaikkallan
(1954) No Award (1955) No Award (1956) No Award (1957) No Award (1958) Bhaaga Pirivinai
Bhaaga Pirivinai
(1959) Parthiban Kanavu (1960)

Certificate of Merit

Andha Naal
Andha Naal
and Edhir Paradhathu
Edhir Paradhathu
(1954) Mangaiyar Thilakam
Mangaiyar Thilakam
(1955) Kuladeivam
Kuladeivam
(1956) Mudhalali
Mudhalali
(1957) Thanga Padhumai
Thanga Padhumai
and Annaiyin Aanai
Annaiyin Aanai
(1958) Veerapandiya Kattabomman and Kalyana Parisu
Kalyana Parisu
(1959) Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar
Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar
and Kalathur Kannamma
Kalathur Kannamma
(1960)

1961–1980

Kappalottiya Thamizhan
Kappalottiya Thamizhan
(1961) Nenjil Or Aalayam
Nenjil Or Aalayam
(1962) Naanum Oru Penn
Naanum Oru Penn
(1963) Kai Koduttha Dheivam
Kai Koduttha Dheivam
(1964) Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum
Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum
(1965) Ramu (1966) Aalayam (1967) Thillana Mohanambal
Thillana Mohanambal
(1968) Iru Kodugal
Iru Kodugal
(1969) Raman Ethanai Ramanadi
Raman Ethanai Ramanadi
(1970) Veguli Penn
Veguli Penn
(1971) Pattikada Pattanama
Pattikada Pattanama
(1972) Dikkatra Parvathi
Dikkatra Parvathi
(1973) No Award (1974) Apoorva Raagangal
Apoorva Raagangal
(1975) No Award (1976) Agraharathil Kazhutai
Agraharathil Kazhutai
(1977) No Award (1978) Pasi (1979) Nenjathai Killathe (1980)

Certificate of Merit

Pasamalar
Pasamalar
and Kumudham
Kumudham
(1961) Annai and Sarada (1962) Karpagam
Karpagam
and Karnan (1963) Server Sundaram
Server Sundaram
(1964) Thiruvilaiyadal
Thiruvilaiyadal
(1965) Discontinued after 1965

1981–2000

Thanneer Thanneer
Thanneer Thanneer
(1981) Ezhavathu Manithan
Ezhavathu Manithan
(1982) Oru Indhiya Kanavu (1983) Achamillai Achamillai
Achamillai Achamillai
(1984) Muthal Mariyathai
Muthal Mariyathai
(1985) Mouna Ragam
Mouna Ragam
(1986) Veedu (1987) No Award (1988) Pudhea Paadhai
Pudhea Paadhai
(1989) Anjali (1990) Vanna Vanna Pookkal
Vanna Vanna Pookkal
(1991) Thevar Magan
Thevar Magan
(1992) Mahanadi (1993) Nammavar
Nammavar
(1994) Anthimanthaarai
Anthimanthaarai
(1995) Kadhal Kottai
Kadhal Kottai
(1996) The Terrorist (1997) Housefull (1998) Sethu (1999) Bharati (2000)

2001–present

Ooruku Nooruper (2001) Kannathil Muthamittal
Kannathil Muthamittal
(2002) Iyarkai (2003) Navarasa (2004) Aadum Koothu (2005) Veyil
Veyil
(2006) Periyar (2007) Vaaranam Aayiram
Vaaranam Aayiram
(2008) Pasanga
Pasanga
(2009) Thenmerku Paruvakaatru
Thenmerku Paruvakaatru
(2010) Vaagai Sooda Vaa
Vaagai Sooda Vaa
(2011) Vazhakku Enn 18/9
Vazhakku Enn 18/9
(2012) Thanga Meenkal
Thanga Meenkal
(2013) Kuttram Kadithal
Kuttram Kadithal
(2014) Visaranai (

.